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Education revolution can save Pakistan: VC.

Lahore -- Only revolution in education can bring Pakistan out of grave social and economic crisis which it is facing, said Government College University Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman while addressing the media briefing at the closing ceremony of four-day 6th international conference on 21st century mathematics.

France Mathematical Society President Prof Aline Bonami was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, while former governor Punjab Khalid Maqbool, GCU Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) Director General Dr A. D. Raza Ch and 62 foreign mathematicians from 27 countries were also present.

Addressing the participants of the conference, Prof Rahman said that educational development must be given the top priority in the budgets of both federal and provincial governments. He also said that the Higher Education Commission had played a vital role in development of education, so it must be strengthened.

The Vice Chancellor said that science was developing at a very high pace in the 21st century, so international conference must be arranged by all universities throughout the year, so that their students could interact with eminent scientists and learn about the new trends.

Speaking on the occasion, French mathematician Prof Aline Bonami expressed pleasure that a large number females were of teaching fraternity in the universities of Pakistan. "At this moment in France, females are heading most of the academic institutions in France. I don't say men are not talented. Surely they are. However, women are usually appeared to be more good teachers than men," she added.

Prof Aline Bonami also highlighted there was scarcity of talented mathematicians all over the world, so more students should be attracted towards this discipline.

Addressing the ceremony, former governor Punjab Khalid Maqbool said that knowledge would decide the fate of countries in the 21st century. He said that China was emerging as super power, because it had the largest number of engineers, scientists, technicians and researchers in the world.

He said that generally, they had been knowledge loving society, but his hopes were very from the youth of Pakistan. He laid a stress on proving free education to the students and established of more state-of-the-art educational institutions in the country.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and ASSMS DG Dr A. D. Raza Ch also gave away a Life achievement award to Khalid Maqbool for his extra-ordinary services for development of education sector in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, DG Dr A. D. Raza Ch expressed gratitude to the European Mathematical Society, Higher Education Commission, International Union of Mathematicians and ICTP, Italy for their collaboration with GCU ASSMS.

Later, Vice Chancellor gave away young Pakistani scientist awards to Sania, Ashraf, Asad Zaidi, Diba Afzal, Azhar Ali Zafar, Hania Azam, Diba Afzal, Munazza Ishaq, M Ejaz and Yasir Khursheed.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 11, 2013
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